The two semi-finals of this seasons’s competition were played out last night (12 Nov). In the first games Team Carr met Team Dunbar, both without the named skips. In a fairly tight game Jim Ramsay led Team Dunbar to a narrow win (5-4, without the 2 shot penalty deduction) over their 3-man opponents led by Keith Morris. Teams Jacobs and Scott had a extremely close dual, with Scott leading at the beginning only to be overtaken by Jacobs as the game progressed. At the end the game went to Team Scott (5-4) with two notable final shots by their skip in the last two ends.
Team Dunbar will meet Team Scott in the final on Monday 3 December.
Penicuik met Currie & Balerno in the first round of the Swan Trophy yesterday afternoon (8 Nov); the Swan is a double rink knock-out competition. The Penicuik teams were (a) Dave Anderson, Jim Ramsay, Dave Carr, and Reg Dunbar, and (b) Andrew Lambie, Ken Hunter, Ronnie Hope, and John Glidden. Team (a) had a very tight game and Dave Anderson was successful with his final shot of the match to take a single to peel the game at 5-5 (5 ends to Penicuik). Team (b) had a more up and down game, going behind after leading by three shots however, two fine draws by Andrew Lambie in the last end resulted in a second peeled game 8-8 (5 ends to Penicuik). So remarkably a draw across the match, and on to the sudden death of drawing the house. Simon Fleming of Currie & Balerno went first and ended up in the eight foot circle, and, perhaps with over enthusiastic sweeping, Dave Anderson’s stone finished up just through the house.
Last night (5 Nov), four teams contested for places in the semi-finals. Team Lambie met Team Scott, and after a fairly tight game Iain Scott’s rink emerged as winners (8-5). In the second game, Team Anderson (skipped on the night by Murray Hope) took on Team Jacobs. After sharing singles at the first two ends, John Jacobs’ rink went on to a comfortable win (12-1).
The semi-finals are on Monday 12 November, with Teams Carr and Dunbar joining the battle for places in the final.